Eunice Hohn, of Cambridge, formerly of Mora, passed away on Saturday, October 25, 2008 at Grandview Christian Home in Cambridge. She was 71 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICES will be held at 2:00 PM on Thursday, October 30th at North Isanti Baptist Church. VISITATION will be held on Wednesday, October 29th from 5:00-8:00 PM at the funeral home. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Mora.
Eunice Elaine (Geary) Hohn, 71, of Cambridge MN, formerly of Mora, passed away peacefully to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, October 25, 2008, at Grandview Christian Home in Cambridge with her husband at her bedside. Eunice lived with Parkinson’s disease for twenty-three years.
Eunice was born September 7, 1937, to Wilbur and Violet (Detlefsen) Geary in Pipestone, MN. After graduating from Pipestone High School in 1955 she enrolled in the RN program at Hamline University. After a year and a half she changed career plans and graduated from the Minnesota School of Business as a medical secretary.
From 1955 to 1964 she lived in Minneapolis and Hopkins and was employed in several medical secretarial positions at the Minneapolis Medical Arts Building, Park Nicollet Clinic and Methodist Hospital.
Eunice and Chuck met when they were freshmen in college and on April 25, 1964, they were united in marriage at the First Baptist Church in Pipestone. They made their home in Mora, MN, for the next 41 years. While living in Mora Eunice was employed as church secretary of Emmanuel Baptist Church, as a medical secretary at Dr. A. C. Peterson’s Medical Clinic, the Mora Chiropractic Clinic, and twenty years at Kanabec Hospital primarily as a medical records technician until her retirement in 1998.
Eunice and Chuck’s first daughter Diane (1965), and first son Steven (1966), were both born three months prematurely and did not live. Then they were blessed with twins, Karen and David on March 15, 1968.
Eunice was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church for 43 years, serving twelve years as church treasurer and fourteen years as financial secretary. In addition, she volunteered her time and talents in many other areas, including the church choir, secretary of the Christian Education Board, prayer chain co-chairperson, kitchen and nursery.
During her lifetime Eunice enjoyed collecting glassware and dishes, making ceramics, decorating for the holidays, reading Christian literature, listening to semi-classical music, antiquing, camping, crafting, knitting, and traveling. (She and Chuck visited all the lower forty-eight states, Alaska and Canada.) But above all Eunice enjoyed using her gift of hospitality. She loved to entertain people in her home, always taking great care in setting a beautiful table. She was known for her wonderful cooking and, most of all, for her ability to make everyone feel welcome and at home when they were with her. Her servant heart and love of Christ truly shown as she used her gift of hospitality to minister to so many people whose lives she touched through the years.
As Eunice’s Parkinson’s disease progressed Eunice and Chuck sold their home of forty years in Mora and moved to a senior living community in Cambridge to be closer to their medical care facilities. Since July 2007 Eunice lived at Grandview Christian Home in Cambridge. The family will be forever grateful for the loving care provided by Dr. John Lynch and the nursing staff at Grandview. Eunice accepted her incurable disease with grace and dignity, without complaint, and never lost her sense of humor, despite enduring daily periods of severe pain in her final months.
Eunice accepted Christ as her personal Savior as a young child and she lived her Christian faith every day. Even with advanced dementia Eunice knew everyone and she could still sing all the old favorite gospel hymns from memory. It could truly be said by her as it was by the Apostle Paul: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” (II Timothy 4:7)
Eunice was preceded in death by her parents Wilbur and Violet Geary, infant daughter Diane, infant son Steven, parents-in-law Arnold and Alice Hohn, and brother-in-law Stanley Hohn.
She will be lovingly remembered by her beloved husband of 44 years, Chuck, daughter Karen, her husband Cedric Long and their children Lindsey and Lucas of Maplewood, son David, his wife Leigh and their children Zach, Kailey, Jakob and Jadon of Andover, brother Arlo (Flora) Geary of Los Angeles CA, sister Doris (Arend) MacRunnel of Albany OR, brothers-in-law Virgil, Wesley (Sharon), Arnold Jr. (Kristy) Hohn, sisters-in-law Geraldine Hohn, Linda (LeRoy) Templin, Sandra Hohn, Rhonda (Alan) Morgan, and Brenda (Keith) Massner, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.
A memorial service was held Thursday, October 30, 2008, at North Isanti Baptist Church in Cambridge, MN with Rev. Adrian Sundberg and Rev. Jonathan Larson officiating. Music was provided by Rev. Adrian and Jan Sundberg and Rev. Jonathan Larson. Organ music was provided by Lois Larson.
Pallbearers were Melvin Anderson, Wesley Hohn, Marvin Sundet, Ray Terhaar and cousins Duane and LeRoy Gilbert. Interment was at Oakwood Cemetery in Mora.